Jon\'s humorous tunes look a little sideways at the things we do every day; his political and "social commentary" - themed songs address decidedly progressive subjects; and his introspective tunes explore personal growth and change. His lyrics touch the heartache of fading love and the long reach of our memories, the ways we find hope and inspiration, and the bigger issues facing us all. About "War Prayer" Just as Mark Twain\'s essay, "The War Prayer," was in 1904, the title track is a warning about the dangers of believing you own the "truth," and clinging to it blindly. Inspired by Twain's essay, it sounds a warning about the consequences of living with a closed mind. "Atlas" was written for - really, to - Jermaine Goffigan, a 9 year-old Boston boy killed in gang crossfire in 1994. The breezy guitar on "Aging Hippie\'s Lament" strikes a contrast with a satirical look at mass submission to a skewed American dream, while "Radio Man" offers a biting commentary on the hypocrisy of talk radio and the politics of division. The imagery in "Northeast Corridor," and " "Thoughts from a Bench in Monterrey," are all about the cycles of change, while "Maybe My Inspiration," "After Fireflies," "If I Could Play the Blues," and "Stories of the Road" express the challenge of putting feelings into words, and finding the courage to be true. And, "A Friend Like You" celebrates the best we can give each other.
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